Joseph Warren Folk was one of 12 children. He was born 9/27/1854 in Talledega, Alabama. Married Molly Nobles 8/24/1892. She was born in Georgia, the daughter of Nathan and Violet Nobles. Joseph died in 1932 and is buried in Lake’s Chapel Cemetery beside his wife, Molly, who died 1/15/1918 in Stewards Mill. (Source of information on Joseph Folk and his descendants is Freestone County History, by Mamie Folk Richardson. Provided by Laura Connoly Bonner of Fairfield, TX.)
Joseph Warren Folk’s father was David Folk born 12/28/1819 in South Carolina, moved to Talledega City, Ala., then to Fairfield, Freestone County, Texas. Died 12/4/1887 in .Freestone County, Texas. Married Permelia Audelinia Kibler (10/31/1818-11/12/1902), on 12/19/1837 in South Carolina. David and Permelia Folk came to Texas and purchased land in Stewards Mill, Freestone County Texas in 1872. The 1860 census of Talledega County Alabama shows David to be a farmer.
She was the daughter of John Kibler, Jr. (son of Michael Kibler, Sr.) and Anna Mary Eigelberger. Anna Mary Eigelberger was a sister of Christina Eigelberger Cannon (the second wife of John Adam Folk, Jr.), so David married his brother's wife's niece ( I think). Michael Kibler, Sr. was the brother of John Kebler, Sr., whose son William had married David's niece, Lavinia Elizabeth Folk (daughter of John Adam Folk, Jr.).
David Folk’s father was JOHN ADAM FOLK born March 7, 1770 and died December 21, 1844. In 1798 (in Newberry Co.) he married Eve Margaret Dickert on 10/23/1798. She was born in 1780 and died September 3, 1811. (Both are buried in the Folk-Busby Cannon graveyard, near Pomaria, S.C.) His second wife was Mary Elizabeth Parker (8/30/1797 to 11/30/1854) whom he married in about 1812. married Mary Elizabeth Parker (2nd wife), who was born Aug. 30, 1797. She died 11/30/1854 and is buried in the Folk-Busby-Cannon graveyard near Pomaria, S.C
Note: I have digital photos of the cemetery in Pomaria, including the headstone of John Adam Folk.
His tombstone reads:
to the memory of
Who was born March 7th A.D. 1770 and died Decr 21st A.D 1844. He possessed a strong mind and discriminating judgement and in early life commenced a system of industry and economy which enabled him to leave at this Death a competent support for his numerous offspring. To his fellow citizens he was affable and obliging. To his slaves, humane, kind and indulgent and strictly just to all.
Fair strict integrity was his characteristic trait. For many years he had been a consistent member of the Methodist Church, and died trusting in Jesus Christ his Redeemer.
John Adam Folk’s Father was Jacob Folk, whose information follows below:
On August 30, 1737, Jacob Folk (ca. 1719 to June 20, 1777) a Pennsylvania German pioneer, arrived in America aboard the ship Samuel from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, but last from Cowes (Isle of Wight County, England). Emigrants from Germany traveled to Rotterdam, where they boarded ships bound for the British Colonies in North America. (Pennsylvania German Pioneers, p. 169, 21.) He was a tanner by trade.
In 1740 Jacob came to South Carolina from Pennsylvania, and settled at old Granby, three miles below the present city of Columbia. In pursuit of his trade, he lived with a Mr. Cary (also a tanner) in partnership for five years. At the end of that period, in 1745, he moved to the Dutch Fork of South Carolina, between the Broad and Saluda Rivers, being one of the first settlers in that area. The settlement extended from the junction of the said rivers, opposite the present city of Columbia, to within three and one-half miles of the present Newberry Courthouse. (John Belton O'Neal's Annals of Newberry, pp. 22-23). The Germans of the Dutch Fork were Palatines. They had fair or light colored hair and blue eyes; but there also was some evidence of an earlier amalgamation with French Huguenots who had fled from France to Germany and Holland. After leaving France, some of them lived in Germany several generations before coming to South Carolina. (Newberry County, South Carolina - Historical and Genealogical Annals, by George Leland Summer, Sr., page 7). In a letter written by her on April 27, 1932, Mrs. Rebecca Eleanora Folk Bedenbaugh (Daughter of John Wesley Folk of Newberry County, SC) stated: "I have heard my father speak of the Folk family as being of French Huguenot ancestry." Based on the information given by Mr. Summer and Mrs. Bedenbaugh, and the records of Huguenots in France and Germany, in 1967 Mrs. Robert H. Solomons (nee Demaris Theresa Folk, born in 1901) of Hampton County, SC, was accepted as a member of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina.
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